Friday, February 17, 2017

Oregon on Verge of Public Land Sell-off

Elliott State Forest won't be put up for sale
A view of the Elliott State Forest. (Tony Andersen/Oregon Dept. of Foresty)

This is what it looks like when things move from "what if" to "get used to it."

From the Oregonian: Oregon Takes Big Step Toward Privatizing Elliott State Forest.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Love: Beginnings" by C.K. Williams

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                                  They’re at that stage where so much desire streams between them, so
                                            frank need and want,
                                   so much absorption in the other and the self and the self-admiring entity
                                             and unity they make—
                                   her mouth so full, breast so lifted, head thrown back so far in her
                                             at his laughter,
                                   he so solid, planted, oaky, firm, so resonantly factual in the headiness of
                                             being craved so,
                                   she almost wreathed upon him as they intertwine again, touch again,
                                             cheek, lip, shoulder, brow,
                                   every glance moving toward the sexual, every glance away soaring back
                                             flame into the sexual—
                                   that just to watch them is to feel again that hitching in the groin, that fill-
                                              ing of the heart,
                                   the old, sore heart, the battered, foundered, faithful heart, snorting again,
                                             stamping in its stall.

"Love: Beginnings" by C.K. Williams from Flesh and Blood© Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.

Monday, February 13, 2017

S. C. O. F., Winter '17


More like a hundred proof. Get it HERE.

"Common Ground," the Majesty of Winter

Yes, winter is a pain. I say that, looking forward to temps in the 60's forecast for the weekend. But I remember well the severe winters that many of you may be experiencing right now.

This video reminds us of an important winter survival skill: the ability to recognize the season as an amazing natural phenomenon, to be moved and renewed by its beauty and power, and to stand in awe before the majesty of Winter.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Twenty Seconds for the Tongass 77


Kudos to Chi Wulff for being one of the leading fly fishing blogs in the effort to spread the word about conservation and environmental issues affecting our sport and outdoor lifestyle.

Please go on over there to see how you can sign on in the fight to "support continued management of the Tongass National Forest (Alaska) as public land on a rational, multi-use basis."

Just click HERE.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Eat, Sleep, Fish, No. 62

Another refreshing reminder that fly fishing is a global movement. Read it HERE.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Some Days" by Philip Terman


Some days you have to turn off the news
and listen to the bird or truck
or the neighbor screaming out her life.
You have to close all the books and open
all the windows so that whatever swirls
inside can leave and whatever flutters
against the glass can enter. Some days
you have to unplug the phone and step
out to the porch and rock all afternoon
and allow the sun to tell you what to do.
The whole day has to lie ahead of you
like railroad tracks that drift off into gravel.
Some days you have to walk down the wooden
staircase through the evening fog to the river,
where the peach roses are closing,
sit on the grassy bank and wait for the two geese.

"Some Days" by Philip Terman from Our Portion. © Autumn House Press, 2015.